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Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Hiragana

Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Hiragana

With three different writing systems, learning Japanese can be confusing for beginners. It's much easier to break the systems down, and focus on one at a time. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. shares his tips to help you learn hiragana...  There are three types of letters in the Japanese language: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Hiragana and katakana are based on sounds and pronunciation. In kanji, each character has its own meaning. Hiragana characters are the most fundamental and basic chara … Read More

Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Hiragana
With three different writing systems, learning Japanese can be confusing for beginners. It's much easier to break the systems down, and focus on one at a time. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. shares his tips to help you learn hiragana...  There are three types of letters in the Japanese language: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Hiragana and katakana are based on sounds and pronunciation. In kanji, each character has its own meaning. Hiragana characters are the most fundamental and basic chara
3 Embarrassing Mistakes New Spanish Speakers Make [With Audio!]
If you're shy about speaking Spanish, you're not alone. Even if you feel comfortable reading and writing it, speaking it can be nerve-wracking! Check out these tips from tutor Emmanuel N. to learn how to pronounce Spanish words quickly and efficiently...   As you're learning Spanish, you may notice that reading it and writing it is often the "easy" part. Many people agree that speaking Spanish is the hard part. Wondering why that is? Usually it’s because learning how to pronounce Span
12 Japanese Holidays and Celebrations [Infographic]
From January through December, there are many ways to participate in Japan’s special occasions. So if you're taking Japanese lessons, make sure you get in on the fun! Mark your calendar, here are 12 Japanese holidays you should remember. Ganjitsu - New Year's Day January 1st People around the world celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year's Day. In Japan, many businesses remain closed until the 3rd, and there are all types of parties and traditions. Japanese people view each year as a fre
French Vocabulary List: Food, Cooking, and Meals
Feeling hungry for more French vocabulary? French tutor Carol Beth L. shares the words and phrases you'll need to enjoy a fine meal in French... Are you un chef (a cook) on par with Disney's "Ratatouille"? You'd better be if you want to compete with the best of French cuisine! If not, go sample a little cuisine as un gourmand (one who enjoys eating a lot) or un gourmet (one who enjoys fine delicacies) – or perhaps as both! Here are some French vocabulary terms you should know on your path
Moving to Spain: 10 Expats Share Their Insight
Moving to Spain is an exciting decision! It’s your chance to learn about a new culture, get better at speaking Spanish, and live experiences that would never otherwise be available to you. Whether you are moving to Spain for work, study, or just an adventure, you are likely to have a number of qualms and concerns. But don't worry -- we're here to help you make a smooth transition. The Cost of Living in Spain Although the cost of living in Spain has increased over the last few years, it

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